Armen Melikbekyan Elected as the President of the Football Federation of Armenia

Hong Kong – Dec 25 2023
By: Salman Khan

In a significant development in Armenian football, Armen Melikbekyan has been elected as the new president of the Football Federation of Armenia. This news comes amidst mixed reactions from the football community in the country.

Melikbekyan, before the decisive vote, addressed the audience with a speech that surprised many. Contrary to the usual practice, the newly elected president declared that his candidacy was not self-nominated. This move highlighted his intentions to serve the sport rather than personal ambitions. His election has sparked a reaction from the leaders of the Armenian league, particularly from the FC Pyunik.

The leader of FC Pyunik expressed disappointment over the election results. The club’s representatives criticized the process, stating that the elections turned into a formal struggle for chairmanship, with the results of their work and public opinion being largely ignored. Despite their dissatisfaction, they affirmed their determination to continue fighting for the purity and prosperity of Armenian football.

Another candidate, Ozibilis, also gave a stirring speech during the election. He brought up his experiences of witnessing different football standards in his career and expressed a burning desire to see those high standards implemented in Armenia too. His emphasis on the need for a strong and responsible Federation for the development and progress of Armenian football resonated with many.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS